Elon Musk on SNL: I Post Bad Tweets Because 'That's Just How My Brain Works'
Elon Musk’s bad tweets have gotten him into plenty of trouble over the years, costing him his position as Tesla chairman and landing him in federal court on more than one occasion.
“Look, I know I sometimes say or post strange things, but that’s just how my brain works,” he said during his opening monologue.
When Musk openly mocked British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth and called him a “pedo guy” on Twitter back in 2018, I don’t think Unsworth was offended so much as concerned about defamation and potentially losing his job.
I also don’t think Tesla employees were offended but rather horrified when Musk, via tweet, threatened that anyone who unionized would lose their company-paid stock options.
The National Labor Relations Board ordered him to delete the tweet earlier this year, but it’s remained up as Tesla seeks an appeal. Moreover, many would argue that the U.S.
(Musk later called the tweet, which cost Tesla a $20 million fine and forced him to step down as chairman of the board in a settlement with the SEC, totally “worth it.”)
Then of course there was the time he brushed off the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, wrongly predicting that there would be “close to zero new cases” in the U.S.
It’s possible some were offended by his tweets demanding officials to “reopen” the economy and “FREE AMERICA NOW” at a time when the nation was reporting over 20,000 new cases per day.
Many people would argue that, with an audience of that size, one has a certain responsibility to avoid spreading misinformation that could potentially hurt or even kill someone.
During his SNL monologue, Musk shared a screenshot of another 420 jokes he tweeted that didn’t manage to land him in the crosshairs of federal regulators, perhaps as a reference to his infamous 420 tweets.